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What Did Your Storm… Bring You?

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The motel window rattled and the floor seemed to reverberate at the deafening sound of thunder. Rain, driven by the harsh wind, sounded like BB’s were hitting the window and the outside door of my room.

Lightening flashes lit up my darkened room. My iPhone weather apps alerted me of the presence of hail and damaging winds, with possible flooding.

I can sleep through most storms, but not this one. The clock on the nightstand said 3:10am. I had only been asleep for little over an hour.

All the Motels were full for miles. I had to drive through the Southern Mississippi night into the wee hours of the morning to find a room. And now that I had found one, I couldn’t sleep because of the storm.

It was a loud storm too. It shook everything in it’s path and it robbed me of my sleep and sense of peace and safety.  After a couple of hours though, the storm moved on and the rain stopped .

When I walked outside after daylight with my luggage to continue my journey, I worried that the hail had damaged my rented car. It had not, but I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw what the storm had done to my car.

I looked at the hood, and I said out loud, “Look what my storm has brought me!”

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It is so easy, while in the middle of our storms to get so overwhelmed with it’s potential dangers, that we have no hope of a storm producing anything lovely or pretty.

Yet, it can happen.

Were the flowers on the hood beautiful? Absolutely!

I just wasn’t prepared for the concept of a storm providing me with beautiful and delicate flowers!

What Has Your Storm Brought You?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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I Cried This Morning!

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I Cried This Morning!

Actually, my eyes just watered up good, but this time, they did it for joy.

Driving in the predawn hours across Western Minnesota, I saw something that moved me so much, that I couldn’t get it out of my mind for several hours.

Yesterday, I had driven through hours of pouring rain with strong winds. The sky had been dark, since the early afternoon. But, now it was cold and dreary. The outside temperature reading on my dash showed 23 degrees. I watched carefully for black ice.

Now, as I looked out of my driver’s window, I saw an opening in the clouds that framed the Morning Star perfectly. It shone so bright! I could see the promise of sunrise turning the gray sky behind me into a faint pink.

I looked again at the Morning Star; it seemed more beautiful to me than it ever had. I had been through a long storm. The clouds still hung low. I hadn’t seen the sun in long while.

It was kind of like real life. Like yours, members of my family have been through some storms lately too. We also have seen the clouds hang low, and wondered when the sun would shine again.

And then with the promise of the morning, there it was. Announcing to me: “Welcome To The First Part Of Your New Day!”

I quickly remember the Scripture in Revelation. That’s when my eyes teared up. He is not just, THE Bright and Morning Star; He is MY Bright and Morning Star! And now, I had my own promise of a better day!

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

He chooses to the One that starts your day out. “Welcome To The First Part Of Your New Day!”

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

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